His Royal Highness Prince Andrew the Duke of York is visiting Malaysia currently and carrying out many of the diplomatic functions he does on a regular basis. This visit to Malaysia has a very heavy schedule and included visiting the war graves of troops who fought and died in the defense of Malaya. Monday evening he was scheduled to be the at the Mandarin Oriental hotel, in the heart of Kuala Lumpur to address the Alumni of the University of Huddersfield. The event was hosted by the British Malaysian Chamber of Commerce and I was asked to be the photographer to cover the event. Below are some of the images from the event.
Prince Andrew going through the University of Huddersfield promotional material
The Brexit vote happened only last week so people were very keen to hear what the Prince had to say.
Prince Andrew talking about the needs for closer ties with Malaysia
Prince Andrew gave a good case for Malaysian students to study in the University of Huddersfield.
Prince Andrew also encouraged the Alumni to keep their ties with the University of Huddersfield active.
Alumni were very keen to meet the Prince after the meeting
Prince Andrew sharing thoughts with one of the attendees
Recently I was asked to do an interior design shoot for a show home that is going to be featured in a European home style magazine. I brought along a full frame DSLR mounted on a tripod with the intention of shooting tethered composites using multi-flash. However as the shoot developed, and due to both time and constraints on positioning of the camera I reached into my bag and pulled out my trusty Fuji-film X-T1 and mounted the the very handy 10mm-24mm F4 lens. This lens gives a ultra wide angle view and benefits in being a rectilinear design, so the straight lines stay as straight lines.
The only real problems with using this camera and lens combination, is that clients can look at it and think you brought a toy…it is so much smaller than a DSLR. The other issue I found is that tethered shooting isn’t a strength of the Fuji cameras. They are working with Adobe for better support in Lightroom however a Fuji-film engineer from Japan told me that it is unlikely Capture One will support any Fuji camera in the foreseeable future. This is a shame as Lightroom is a slug when shooting tethered.
The photos below were all shot at F8 which gave good depth of field, great sharpness and lack of chromatic aberrations that can start coming in at F11 or higher.
Just a quick post today. I was covering an event at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur in Sentral this morning for the INCF event. I was asked to do a group photo for it so got to work. Part of a successful group photo is to feel at ease in front of a crowd of strangers and chat away in a good natured manner explaining what you need from them. Once they know you are wanting to make them look good people will work with you. Important when it is warm and muggy outside. Note the smiles and that everyone is visible. I asked some of them to stand on tip toes in order to achieve that.
This photo was taken with a 24mm lens. This focal length is usually classed as too wide for groups shots because people on the corners start to distort. Switching to anything wider would have been very noticeable and introduced branches from the trees that were adjacent to me into the sides and top of the frame. I would have been happier going to 35mm for a more pleasing photo, but in this case it was simply impossible. That said, the hotel was happy and have a copy of the photo for their future clients reference. Thumbs up.
Episode Restaurant in Publika is a fantastic place owned by Wolfgang. His vision is to provide great food at reasonable prices. Believe me, the food is AWESOME. They serve lobster just how I like it. The owner is a food importer for many hotels and restaurants and saw a niche market for providing quality food at affordable prices. The photos below were shot using medium format PhaseOne and small format Sony A7 cameras. If you would like to know more their facebook page is here.
Beautiful coffee machine produced great coffee
A sit down chat with the owner of the restaurant
Wolfgang is bringing freshness and quality to a new level
The University of Florida contacted me to take photos of one of their post-graduate medical students at work in one of the drug rehab centres he has been working with since the middle of last year. It was sobering to meet people with HIV and Hepatitis C. I found my heart going out to them as they struggle, often alone except for the sterling service provided by the medical staff at these centres. I had to be very discreet with shooting due to the sensitivity. I am including on my web site solely to show that I do a wide variety of shoots.